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Apr 02

Black As Your Office Uniform

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A recent survey taken by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) revealed that 56% of the respondents said that they wore black to work most of the time. Eight per cent wore gray, brown or another neutral. Only 1.61% said they wore something bright most of the time. The four women in the …

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Feb 26

Tim Gunn Needs an Image Consultant

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Apparently, fashion Guru Tim Gunn hasn’t updated himself about color. A lot of famous designers are in the same boat, so it’s no surprise. The first rule of color is that you never match your clothing to your superficial appearance, or you’ll blend into your garments and look washed out. So, if you have grey …

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Feb 02

Image Consultants Advice: Look Extraordinary, not Ordinary

Before & After Images of Female Business Executives

Looking for a job? Hoping to get promoted?  Want to get noticed by that special someone?  It won’t happen if your style is “basic” and you look like everyone else. Don’t buy into outdated information that tells you to wear a conservative suit and accessories. In today’s economy, we want a self starter; someone who …

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Jan 01

Which Man Looks More Powerful?

Sandy Dumont, The Image Architect advises on power looks for men.

The man on the left is older, giving him a slight edge, because of implied experience. However, he wears an invisible tie, taking away any edge he may have had. A man’s tie is his power tool, and it’s also what distinguishes him from other men in suits and ties. The white shirt and “matching” …

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Dec 09

Can you see what’s wrong with this picture?

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There are a lot of things wrong with this picture, but here’s the most serious error of all, and it has to do with focal point. The face must always remain the focal point, and something is wrong if we’re compelled to look down at your feet. The woman on the left wears boots that …

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Nov 08

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Sandy Dumont, your image consultant about men's ties and belts.

This man has a lot going for him. He is handsome as well as slim and toned, so he looks great in his dark navy blue suit and slim-fit shirt in French Blue. However, there are a few things that need tweaking. First of all, the belt buckle is too large and sporty looking. A …

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Oct 05

The Delightful Duchess

Sandy Dumont provides image tips to Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, the enchanting wife of Prince William, has a very good eye for style, and she knows what suits her. Nevertheless, every now and then she picks something that doesn’t flatter her perfect hourglass figure. Most often, Kate shows off her tiny waist. However, the suit on the right makes her figure appear so …

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Sep 05

Evolution of French Blue Business Shirts

Sandy Dumont, The Image Architect points out the evolution of the French blue business shirt

Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppé was the first person to have worn a business dress shirt (center shirt) in a shade of blue several times darker than the classic Oxford blue. It was about 1995, and my Belgian husband Stefaan and I were living in Brussels at the time. I noticed how attractive the …

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Jul 19

From Drab to to Dynamic

Sandy Dumont, international image consultant

Many men with light brown hair are drawn to brown suits or sport jackets. However, the first rule of thumb to remember is that you never match your garments to your superficial appearance. That is, unless you’re a spy and want to go completely unnoticed. The second rule of thumb is that your tie must …

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Jun 06

From “Taken for Granted” to “Big Promotion”

Total Image Transformation by Sandy Dumont The Image Architect

“It seems there’s no limit to where a makeover can lead!” This was a remark made by Mary Ann after a weekend Stiletto Camp. She continued, “I was very empowered and energized by your Stiletto Camp. I bought a few key pieces to get going in the right direction and applied all the principles you …

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